Blackrapid Camera Sling Review with Picture Collages

BlackRapid Camera Strap (RS-7). Strap on a Edmonton Oilers T-Shirt

The Story

I purchased my first Canon EOS Rebel 3ti DSLR camera in the mountainous terrain of Juneau, Alaska in 2012. I was performing a seasonal contract with Princess Cruises, and I missed a great photo opportunity of the Margerie Glacier located in Glacier Bay. I go into further detail in a post titled "Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera After 5 Years [Story & Review]." Ok, the strap provided by Canon was simple, padded and fit over the neck with little comfort. When I would walk to and from the port, the camera strap would weigh down on my neck, and over time, I would have to take it off or try to wear it like a cross body sling, which didn't work out. The journey takes me back to the mall of malls in my neck of the woods, specifically, West Edmonton Mall, to one of the only photography stores in phase one. The walk through the mall phases is an enjoyable experience. The stores are conventional with standard retail shopping windows and smiling staff inside. The floors glisten with concrete looking squares, but as we move from phase three to phase one, we look over at a replica of the Santa Maria, then pass an indoor water park, and finally go left at the full-size ice rink. If I were a tourist, I would internalize my eye opening thought that would most likely be "WTF."

Fast forward two more years...

I still use this camera sling, and over all, it hasn't been a terrible purchase. There was only one small issue I share below in the review.

BlackRapid Camera Strap (RS-7). A four picture collage of the soft pouch, zipper, strap and adjuster.
BlackRapid Camera Strap (RS-7). A four picture collage of the locking bumpers, fastener and connector.

The Review

+BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap

The Cons

  • The nylon webbing on the shoulder padding was a bit too smooth causing it to slide up and down while I would be walking. It did not really grip my shoulder well. 

The Pros | Benefits

  • The spring loaded bumpers have held in place with no unexpected unfastening.
  • The tread on the metal fastener to the tripod socket tightens great with no loosening while walking or capturing photos.
  • The small soft pouch is perfect for SD or debit cards. 
  • The zipper is still working with no unexpected breaks. 

Bottom Line

The product itself has lasted the test of time, the only thing that raised my eyebrow was the cost. I believe it was a little overpriced, but I also know it holds my DSLR safely and securely.

Would I repurchase it?
No

Would I recommend it to a friend?
Yes

Here is an instructional video on how to use the +BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap



Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap (Black)
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